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Working As A Lead Business Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $101,780

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Business Analyst Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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How To Become A Lead Business Analyst

A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.

Education

Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.

Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.

Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.

Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.

Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.

Advancement

With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.

Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.

Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.

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Lead Business Analyst Career Paths

Lead Business Analyst
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Systems Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Systems Analyst Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Technical Director Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Management Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Senior Consultant Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst/Project Manager Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Principal Analyst 3.3 years
Business Analyst 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Design Analyst 2.8 years
Lead Data Analyst 2.7 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Business Architect 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.1%
Developer 2.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.1%
Manager 1.5%

Lead Business Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

56.0%

Female

41.9%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.3%

Asian

26.7%

Hispanic or Latino

7.1%

Unknown

4.8%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.8%

Hindi

13.3%

Mandarin

8.9%

Chinese

6.7%

Urdu

6.7%

German

4.4%

Russian

4.4%

Portuguese

2.2%

Sami

2.2%

Ukrainian

2.2%

Marathi

2.2%

French

2.2%

Thai

2.2%

Italian

2.2%

Gujarati

2.2%
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Lead Business Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.9%

Villanova University

9.0%

DePaul University

5.6%

More Tech Institute

5.6%

New York University

5.2%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.2%

George Washington University

4.9%

Syracuse University

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Michigan State University

3.7%

Howard University

3.7%

Strayer University

3.7%

Johns Hopkins University

3.7%

Auburn University

3.4%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.4%

George Mason University

3.4%

University of Houston

3.4%

Cleveland State University

3.4%

Drexel University

3.4%

University of Chicago

3.4%
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Majors

Business

25.9%

Computer Science

12.0%

Finance

8.0%

Computer Information Systems

6.3%

Information Technology

5.0%

Project Management

4.9%

Management

4.6%

Electrical Engineering

4.3%

Computer Engineering

3.9%

Management Information Systems

3.9%

Information Systems

3.3%

Accounting

3.2%

Marketing

3.0%

Computer Applications

2.6%

Engineering

2.3%

Information Sciences

1.4%

Mathematics

1.4%

Management Science

1.4%

International Business

1.3%

Economics

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

40.6%

Bachelors

39.6%

Other

11.4%

Certificate

3.6%

Associate

2.3%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Real Lead Business Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Business Analyst Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Jul 01, 2016 $175,000
Business Analyst Lead, Business Travel Airbnb, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 03, 2016 $165,500
Business Analyst Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Feb 10, 2015 $155,000
Lead Business Analyst MUFG Union Bank, N.A. San Francisco, CA Sep 11, 2015 $155,000
Business Analyst Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Feb 20, 2015 $150,000
Lead Business Analyst GFT USA Consulting LLC New York, NY Aug 26, 2015 $150,000 -
$165,000
Lead Business Analyst GFT USA Consulting LLC New York, NY Jun 01, 2016 $150,000 -
$165,000
Lead Business Analyst GFT USA Consulting LLC (Formerly Rule Financial) New York, NY Oct 22, 2015 $150,000 -
$165,000
Business Analyst Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Feb 02, 2015 $150,000
Business Analyst Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Jul 12, 2015 $150,000
Lead Business Analyst Cognilytics, Inc. Milpitas, CA Mar 10, 2016 $145,662
Business Analyst Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Feb 05, 2016 $145,000
Business Analyst Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Feb 07, 2015 $145,000
Lead Business Analyst KSN Technologies, Inc. Hoffman Estates, IL Jul 09, 2016 $140,000
Lead Business Analyst Netcracker Technology Corporation Overland Park, KS Aug 26, 2016 $108,419
Business Analyst Lead Quality Software Services, Inc. Washington, DC Mar 05, 2016 $108,047
Business Analyst Lead Quality Software Services, Inc. McLean, VA Mar 05, 2016 $108,047
Lead Business Analyst Axeon Refining LLC San Antonio, TX Apr 03, 2016 $108,000
Lead Business Analyst, Offer Capabilities American Express Travel Related Services New York, NY Jan 10, 2015 $108,000
Lead Consultant/Business Analyst Capgemini Financial Services USA Inc. (Legacy Kanbay) Sioux Falls, SD Oct 02, 2016 $108,000
Business Analyst Lead JP Morgan Chase & Co Newark, DE Mar 17, 2016 $107,900
FIS Lead Business Analyst Marsh & McLennan Shared Services Corporation Hoboken, NJ Nov 23, 2016 $91,800 -
$109,924
Lead Business Analyst Linedata Services (BFT), Inc. Seattle, WA Aug 07, 2015 $91,701
Lead Business Analyst Linedata Services (BFT), Inc. Seattle, WA Feb 12, 2015 $91,701
Lead Business Analyst Globallogic, Inc. Menomonee Falls, WI Nov 17, 2016 $91,374 -
$120,000
Lead Consultant/Business Analyst Capgemini Financial Services USA Inc. Atlanta, GA May 06, 2015 $91,312
Lead Consultant/Business Analyst Capgemini Financial Services USA Inc. Mettawa, IL Jul 26, 2015 $90,376
Lead Consultant/Business Analyst Capgemini Financial Services USA Inc. Minneapolis, MN May 10, 2015 $90,334
Lead Business Analyst Photon Infotech, Inc. Juno Beach, FL Nov 23, 2015 $90,000

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Top Skills for A Lead Business Analyst

BusinessRequirementDocumentBusinessProcessTestPlansSQLServerTestCasesUATVisioRequirementsGatheringWebApplicationDevelopmentFinancialUserAcceptanceProjectPlanProjectManagementComplianceJADQANon-FunctionalRequirementsSMESharepoint

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Top Lead Business Analyst Skills

  1. Business Requirement Document
  2. Business Process
  3. Test Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Drafted the business requirement documents and held the meetings with the users to review and finalize the business requirement document.
  • Conducted meetings with subject matter experts and documented the business process.
  • Assist in preparation of the testing strategy and test plans; guide user acceptance testing.
  • Created tables and databases in MS SQL Server 2005 Involved in preparing a simple and detailed user and technical manual.
  • Prepared a Requirements Test Matrix between the automation scripts developed and the manual regression test cases of the client.

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